InSight Mars lander tests out its robotic arm

But the real objective of the mission is to gain an understanding of the deep structure and geological dynamics of Mars, which will involve placing a seismometer, deep-drilling rig, and other instruments directly on the surface. It’s an extremely intricate task, so the NASA will spend up to three months studying the area and calibrating the instruments before deploying them. Meanwhile, the space agency is being careful not to do anything that might trigger a fault aboard the spacecraft that would cause an automatic halt to proceedings.

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